Posted December 16th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
Often, a child custody case is so contentious that parents fight over every little detail. So this piece of advice may seem contrary to common practice. But trust me on this one: It’s not a bad idea, every once in a while, if the parent with primary physical custody of the child (the custodial parent) […]Read More
Posted December 15th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
Planning to travel out of town for the holidays? If so, don’t pass up the opportunity to gather some useful evidence along the way. If you’re embroiled in a child custody fight, an out-of-town trip with the kids is a prime chance to collect “exhibits” that can be used in your case. For example, if […]Read More
Posted December 14th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
A lesson to be learned: Back in 1991, Donna Forner and Bradley Gabriel of North Carolina had a child together. Ms. Forner and Mr. Gabriel were never married, and by the end of the 1990s, they were fighting over child custody and support. The court initially awarded primary physical custody to Ms. Forner because she […]Read More
Posted December 12th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
In a child custody dispute, it is always useful to draw as many of your children’s friends and parents as possible to your house. When it comes time to throw a party, do it at your house. Schedule sleepovers and playdates at your home, under your roof. Let other children in your neighborhood become familiar […]Read More
How many times have you heard a non-custodial parent try to slither out of paying child support by claiming he bought the children a new pair of sneakers or he paid for their soccer uniforms? Such special purchases are not the same as child support, and you can’t get credit for giving gifts or paying […]Read More
Posted December 8th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
Take advantage of the many family gatherings and festive moments over the next five weeks to produce your own family home video. Give your children starring roles in the movie, featuring them in happy, silly moments in the presence of their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Catch them setting the table and helping with the […]Read More
Posted December 7th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
Relationships between siblings– even half brothers and half sisters– can be very important in a custody case. In fact, in many cases, a judge will decide the custody case in favor of the parent who best promotes the sibling relationship. Where half brothers and half sisters are bonded to each other, the parent who can […]Read More
Posted December 5th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
Getting Godly doesn’t usually affect the results of a child custody case, but occasionally religious faith can have a positive influence. As courts strive to determine what’s in the best interest of the children, they find themselves looking at a number of factors – the best educational interest, the best social and cultural interests, the […]Read More
Posted December 2nd, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
The art of reading is slipping away quickly these days as children grow up in a world of I-Pads, I-Pods, Androids, Kindles and other messaging and texting devices. Too often, the courts hear about children who are failing basic reading and writing tests and who are emerging from high school as functional illiterates. For this […]Read More
Posted November 30th, 2016 by Mark S. Guralnick.
You might be surprised to learn how many family secrets are shared by the neighbors. Not just your neighbors, but your ex-wife’s or ex-husband’s neighbors. If you and the other parent of your children live more than a few blocks away from each other, you’re not likely to know his or her neighbors very well. […]Read More